Partner Invitation and Registration for Project Meeting and Mid-term Conference, Skipton 4th-7th June 2013

Next event:  Midterm conference, June 4,5, 6, 7 2013, Skipton (UK)  


Reaching the Frontiers:

Improving Connectivity in Remote Regions


The mid-Project Conference of ITRACT

(Improving Transport and Accessibility through new Communication Technologies)

Supported under the Inter-reg IVB North Sea Programme of the European Regional Development Fund

Thursday and Friday 6th-7th June 2013

the Rendezvous Hotel

Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire



Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales

Hotel:   The Rendezvous Hotel is near to Skipton Town Centre, bus services and taxis.  They are a conference hotel with full facilities able to accommodate the numbers we are thinking of.  Other hotels in Skipton or other nearby centres could not accommodate more than 30 or so.  Harrogate is a commercial conference centre with a choice of large hotels but further from the Dales.  Alternatively we could enquire about the facilities of Craven College, the further education (16 plus) institute based in Skipton but this may not be available until July.

 Getting to the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

     good rail links via Leeds, then short walk to Skipton Bus Station and bus towards Keighley or taxi

     reasonable train connections are available from the airports at Manchester, Newcastle, London Stansted and all other London Airports

      Leeds/Bradford Airport is also near with bus connections into trains at Shipley, Bradford or Leeds

      Ferries from Rotterdam come to Hull from where the M62 Motorway to Leeds and the A65 bring you to Skipton.


Please use Transport Direct (UK national multi-modal journey planner) at for further details.  John Carr ( will also be happy to offer advice and help based on flight times.


Tuesday 4th June

Participants from ITRACT partners arrive at Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton.

Evening meal available for everybody from 19:00.

Project Steering Group will meet during evening
(agenda to be confirmed by Theo Miljoen).

Networking time!


Wednesday 5th June

ITRACT Partner Meeting

09:00 – 18:00 Lunch and refreshments included (Agenda to be circulated separately).

19:00 Evening meal

Networking time!

Thursday morning(6th  June): study visit and Dales introductory tour to Little Red Bus (Logical Transport presentation and demonstrations, possibly organised in two parties one to LRB direct then Dales and vice versa)

Thursday afternoon:  Conference opening (by WYITA Chair or Metro Director?), ITRACT Presentations and Progress Report, DITA Presentation and Progress Report, European Community and UK Department for Transport inputs?

Thursday evening: Conference dinner (Transport Minister or Leader of County Council to speak briefly welcoming delegates)

Friday(7th  June): Conference sessions on ICT for Transport, Tourism etc. from UK and European sources

Conference close by 4pm.


Weekend: Delegates will be  encouraged to spend the following weekend in the Dales –DITA could offer a guided round trip on Saturday, by rail to Garsdale (the famous Settle-Carlisle railway), bus(es) through Wensleydale returning via Ripon, Nidderdale and A59 to Skipton.  This trip would take in all of transport, ITRACT pilot, natural and historic environments.

Thursday  program

Friday program 

© Jan Frick 2014